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Tracing Comrades

Veterans-UK cannot help directly with tracing former comrades or family tree searches. However, please see our section on Service Records
In addition, the following organisations may be able to assist with searches.

Find A Grave in Scotland

www.findagraveinscotland.com is a private company that provides an online resource for searching cemetery records in Scotland. Basic searches are free but there may be a charge for some elements of the service. This entry is provided for information purposes and Veterans-UK has no association whatsoever with the company.

11 Independent Field Squadron Terendak Malaya

www.comradesandcolleagues.com
Internet site that reunites, comrades and colleagues from the Military Forces.  Database held with thousands of Units, Squadrons, Ships, Regiments and Battalions from the Armed Forces around the world including UK, Australia, and New Zealand.  Examples of listings include The Royal Navy, The Royal Air Force, The British Army, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Australian Army, Navy and Air Force, Royal New Zealand Army, Navy and Air Force.

Daily Mail

Trying to locate an old Pal or Friend
E-mail: monica.porter@dailymail.co.uk
You should include a contact telephone number.


Military Genealogy

Military Genealogy is the only site where you can find military records of over 2 million British Armed Forces personnel exclusively cross matched with over 4000 Regiments, Bases and Ships of the British Armed Forces going back to before 1630, making your genealogy task much easier and more complete.

www.modreunited.co.uk 
The safe secure way to contact past friends and colleagues. The largest active community of serving and former service personnel in the UK.

Imperial War Museum
Imperial War Museum
Lambeth Road
London
SE1 6HZ
E-mail: mail@wim.org.uk
Website: www.iwm.org.uk
Fax: 0207 416 5374

0207 416 5000 switchboard
0207 416 5291 (Film and video archive)
0207 416 5287 (Pictures of RN ships)
0207 416 9851 (War Memorials)
0207 416 5222 (Documents Department)
0207 416 5344 (Library)
0207 416 5344 (Make an appointment, at least 24 hours in advance, to view a particular regimental history)

The Imperial War Museum Shop
Tel: 0207 416 5327

The Imperial War Museum Shop sells companion volumes for the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy, Army and RAF to assist in tracing family history.  Currently priced at £5.99.

RAF News

RAF - Comrade - Contact
117 1/2 Loughborough Road
Leicester
LE4 5ND
Telephone Number: 0116 2665224
Fax Number: 0116 2665012
Website Address: www.raf-comrade-contact.co.uk
E-mail Address: enquiries@rafa.org.uk

Navy News
HMS Nelson
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO1 3HH
Tel: 023 9229 4228
Fax: 023 9283 8845
E:mail: edit@navynews.co.uk
Navy News is a monthly newspaper providing a free contacts column.

RAFA Magazine
RAFATRAD
Unit 3, 5 Sybron Way
Millbrook Industrial Estate
Crowborough
East Sussex
TN6 3DZ
Tel: 01892 600192
Website: www.rafatrad.co.uk

Publishers of RAFA magazine provide an opportunity to locate old colleagues.

RAF News
“Where are they now Section”
HQ PTC
RAF Innsworth
Gloucester    
GL3 1EZ
Tel: 01452 712612 ext 5590 or 5591
Fax: 01452 510848
E-mail: editor@rafnews.co.uk
Website: www.rafnews.co.uk

Provides free advertising (under 30 words) to locate old colleagues.

The Royal British Legion
199 Borough High Street
London
SE1 1AA
Telephone Number: 020 32072100
Fax Number: 020 32072276
Legionline: 0845 725 725
Email: info@britishlegion.org.uk
Website Address: www.britishlegion.org.uk/

The Royal British Legion (Scotland)
New Haig House
Logie Green Rd
Edinburgh
EH7 4HR
Telephone Number: 0131 557 2782
Fax Number: 0131 557 5819
Website Address: www.rblscotland.org.uk
E-mail Address: lao@rblscotland.org

Royal British Legion Magazine

Redactive Publishing Ltd
17 Britain street
London EC1M 5TP
Tel: 020 7880 6200

Soldier Magazine (‘Searchline’)
Provides a Searchline column offering researches into military matters.

Major D Cadwallader
Soldier Magazine
Ordnance Road
Aldershot
Hampshire
GU11 2DU
Tel: 01252 347353
Fax: 01252 347358
E-mail: mail@soldiermagazine.co.uk
Website: www.soldiermagazine.co.uk/

Service Pals
UK based Armed Forces Friend Finder allowing you to find lost military friends and colleagues and reunite with old mates from the British Army, Royal Navy and RAF.
Website: www.servicepals.com

Royal Military School of Music
Knellar Hall
Twickenham
London TW2 7DU
Tel: 020 8744 8628
Fax: 020 8893 8746
Website: www.stringofpearls.org.uk

CERTIFICATE SERVICES

Office of National Statistics (for England & Wales )
PO BOX 2
Southport       
Merseyside
PR8 2JD
Tel: 0151 471 4800              0151 471 4800      
Website: www.gro.gov.uk

The new charges are £9.25 for a standard service and £23.40 for a priority service.

General Register Office (Scotland)
New Registrar House
3 West Register Street
Edinburgh
EH1 3YT
Tel: 0131 3340380
Website: www.gro-scotland.gov.uk

General Register Office (Northern Ireland)
Oxford House
49-55 Chichester Street
Belfast
BT1 4HL
Tel: 02890 252000
Website: www.groni.gov.uk

Deals with certificate enquiries on births, deaths and marriages since 1922, for dates before that, you should contact the Dublin Office on the number below.

General Register Office (Eire)
Joyce House
8-11 Lombard Street East
Dublin 2
Eire
Tel: 00353 1671100

General Register Office (Overseas)
General Register Office
Smedley Hydro
Trafalgar Road
Southport
PR8 2HH
Tel: +44 (0) 151 471 4801
E-mail: overseas.gro@ons.gsi.gov.uk
Website: www.gro.gov.uk

This office does not engage in genealogical research.

If the birth was registered with the unit and/or with HM Consul then contact the Overseas General Register Office above for overseas birth certificates (BFG etc).  If not, you should contact the relevant hospital direct.

The National Archive (formerly The Public Records Office)
The National Archive is the national archive of the UK. It brings together and preserves the records of central government and the Courts of Law, and makes them available to all who wish to consult them.

Public Records Office
Kew
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 4DU
Tel: 020 8876 3444 
Fax: 020 8392 5286
Email: www.nationalarchives.co.uk

Childrens Homes

Public Records Office
Ruskin Avenue
Kew
Surrey
TW9 4DU
Tel: 020 8392 5200

Holds information covering detention, care of children and adoption arrangements for the period 1850-1971 in class MH102.

Family Records Centre

Family Records Centre
1 Myddleton Street
Islington
London
EC1R 1UW
Tel: 020 8392 5300

Norcap (Adults affected by Adoption)
112 Church Road
Wheatley
Oxfordshire
OX33 1LU     
Tel:  01865 875000 10.00 - 4.30pm
Fax: 01865 875686
E-mail: enquiries@norcap.org
Website: www.norcap.org.uk

When tracing adoptees, the date registered and their date of birth is required.

For change of name by deed poll contact:
The Royal Courts of Justice
Room 81
The Strand
London WC2

Genealogical Research Index

Study of descents of families and person from an ancestor or ancestors. 


UK and Ireland Genealogy Service

www.genuki.org.uk Covers England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales
www.accessgenealogy.com First genealogy step in researching ancestry online
www.ancestry.com / www.ancestry.co.uk Find ancestors

www.genealogytoday.com

Easy to navigate site, starting point for finding ancestors in the UK
www.genealogy.co.uk  
www.genealogylinks.net Lists 750 pages with over 12,000 links, most to searchable surname records such as ship’s passenger lists, church records, cemetery transcriptions, military records and census information for USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand & Europe.

Scottish Genealogical Research
www.wood.ccta.gov.uk

Local Library
At your Local library it is possible to access a countywide telephone directory, which may help in tracing individuals.

Principle Probate Registry First Avenue House
42-49 High Holborn
London
WC1V 6NP

For a copy of a will registered in England & Wales write to:
The Search Department
Probate Registry
Duncombe Place
York
YO1 1EA


They require deceased’s full name, last address, date of death and a cheque for £5 made payable to ‘HMPG’.

Red Cross Tracing Service

International Tracing and Message Service.  Works worldwide with other Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies or the International Committee of the Red Cross in situations of conflict, to restore and maintain contact between families by conveying messages and helping trace relatives who may have gone missing.

British Red Cross International Tracing & Message Services
Aztec Row
5 Berners Road
London
N1 0PW.
Tel: 020 7704 5686
E-mail: iwd@redcross.org.uk
Website: www.redcross.org.uk

Or you can contact your local branch of the British Red Cross.  If you live outside of the UK, you should contact the National Society in your country.Salvation Army Tracing Services

At present, family tracing enquiries are dealt with only by post and not by e-mail.


Sussex Association of Navel Officers

13 Southdown Rd
Southwick
Brighton
BN42 4FT
Website: www.sussexnavy.org UK Requests
Family Tracing Service
101 Newington Causeway
London
SE1 6BN
Tel: 020 7367 4747
Fax 020 7367 4723
Website: www.salvationarmy.org.uk

If living outside the UK, you can communicate with the Salvation Army Centre within the locality. The address is in the local telephone directory or you can find it on the Salvation Army website.

Please note the information enclosed is subject to constant change and although the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency endeavours to keep the information updated we are unable to accept responsibility for any changes or amendments.

Other

Royal Military School of Music - www.army.mod.uk/music/

Salvation Army - www2.salvationarmy.org.uk

PublicRecordFinder.com - PublicRecordfinder.com provides a useful resource containing information on obtaining public records within the United States of America. Whilst free to use, you should be aware the site contains commercial advertisements and some of the websites it links to may involve a charge or may also be commercial in nature.

Historical records

   

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